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Rangers v Celtic
The sixth instalment of the gripping Rangers and Celtic rivalry for the 2022/23 season will take place at Ibrox on Saturday, with the home side aiming to pick up maximum points over their rivals for the first time this season.
Celtic have been the dominant side in Scotland this term, with Ange Postecoglou’s men sweeping the board. The Rangers v Celtic stats, too, have heavily favoured the green-and-white side of Glasgow.
It is now up to Rangers to inflict some revenge on their rivals, who have run away with the Premiership title, have won the League Cup and only have Championship side Inverness Caledonian Thistle to tackle in the Scottish Cup final.
This is the most intense rivalry in British football and one of the biggest in the world game, making it an unmissable spectacle.
There may be nothing tangible on the line for these clubs, but the pride they can claim from this fixture is, nonetheless, enormous.
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Our three bet builder predictions give total odds of 4.62 and span three different markets, including fouls, shots and goals.
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Rangers Seeking to End Celtic Dominance
On the face of it, Rangers have pieced together a decent season. The Gers have picked up 79 points in 34 matches, dropping points on only four occasions against clubs that are not Celtic. But at Ibrox that is not enough.
Celtic are the measuring stick by which the Gers are judged, and in comparison, they have come up woefully short. Consequently, there is real pressure on manager Michael Beale to claim a positive result in this match.
Rangers have had a habit of switching off at key times in these Old Firm matches this season, with a case in point the defending that allowed Jota to get the winner in the Scottish Cup semi-final just 13 days ago. It has been a consistent problem and one that Beale must stamp out if his side are to get a positive result.
One man to look for in your Rangers bet builder is midfielder Todd Cantwell, who has either scored or been booked in each of his last four league appearances. He is taking on an increasingly important role for the club he joined in January.
Of all the Rangers v Celtic stats, the most concerning one for the home side is that they have not won in 90 minutes against their opponents in nine attempts. The demand is that record changes now.
Rangers Team News
Rangers come into this match in a beat-up state, with numerous regulars set to miss out. Borna Barisic is absent from the defence, but it is set to be the midfield that really suffers.
Ryan Jack, a key anchor player in the middle of the park, is set to miss this game, while the more creative players Malik Tillman and Ryan Kent are both missing.
In attack, Tom Lawrence, Kemar Roofe and Antonio Colak are all out.
The Gers are not quite down to the bear bones, but they are not far from it.
Worth bearing in mind for your Rangers bet builder is that Alfredo Morelos will leave the club at the end of the season, so Fashion Sakala could well get plenty of game time.
Celtic Freed by League Title
Celtic may have clinched the Premiership title a week ago thanks to a win away to Hearts, but manager Ange Postecoglou believes that his team can give him even more before the end of the season.
The Hoops have won a second successive crown at a canter, opening up a 13-point chasm to Rangers, who have been made to look second-rate compared to their rivals, who have been absolutely relentless domestically this season.
Underlining how strong Celtic have been this season is their goal difference of +80, meaning they have scored 2.3 goals more than their opponents on average.
Postecoglou claims his team had “tightened up” before the crown was sealed, with a 1-1 draw at home against Motherwell and a rather laboured performance in Edinburgh last weekend evidence of this.
This is a hiccup by Celtic’s standards this season. Wins have come easily with 14 of their 17 league matches since Christmas Eve won by two or more goals.
One aspect of the game Postecoglou will be watching is the defence. For your Celtic bet builder, note the Hoops have conceded in six of their last eight league matches.
Celtic Team News
Celtic have a couple of notable absentees from their defence. Cameron Carter-Vickers, arguably the best player in Scotland this season, is ruled out along with Alistair Johnston. Stephen Welsh would typically come in to deputise in the middle of the back four but is struggling.
Meanwhile, there are doubts over another star performer in the form of Kyogo Furuhashi.
Useful to note for your Celtic bet builder is that Postecoglou spoke vaguely of experimenting with a few things in this game, which could mean that regular players see less game time, probably by way of mid-match substitutions.
Rangers v Celtic Bet Builder Tips
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Rangers v Celtic
With the home side facing something of a striking crisis ahead of this match, a good move for your Rangers bet builder is to back Fashion Sakala to muster at least one shot on target.
The speedy forward may frustrate fans with his lack of end product, but with Alfredo Morelos leaving at the end of the season and Antonio Colak on the injury list, the 26-year-old Zambian is sure to get minutes.
Recent history suggests this is a strong bet. He has had at least one shot on target in each of his last six Rangers starts and has managed to test the keeper twice in four of these matches, scoring four times in the process.
Rangers v Celtic bet builder tips simply have to include a fouls market given the competitiveness of the fixture.
No Celtic player this season has committed more fouls than Denmark U21 international Matt O’Riley. Indeed, he has gone eight-straight matches in which he has given away at least one free kick.
He will find this encounter more competitive than most he features in for Celtic, and that is likely to make him even more prone to committing fouls. In the first league meeting between the clubs, he gave away five free kicks while in the most recent Premiership clash, he made two indiscretions.
Although he is typically replaced around the 75-minute mark, the all-action midfielder should be backed to make a couple of mistimed or overzealous challenges.
Rangers v Celtic predictions are typically hard to make, but one constant this season has been goals. Four of the five matches that the clubs have played this season have brought more than 2.5 strikes, and though the Scottish Cup semi-final finished with Celtic edging the game 1-0, the xG total for that match was also over 2.5.
Although there are several key attacking players missing from this encounter, the fact there is no silverware and only pride resting on this match should mean that it is an open affair. The attacking threat of Celtic, in particular, is obvious, with the Hoops having scored at least twice in 31 of 34 league matches.
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